The films in this program channel performance of all kinds, with Losier appearing in front of the camera as much as behind it. Her portrait of Tony Conrad integrates Conrad’s recollections of La Monte Young and Jack Smith with spirited bouts of everyday object theater that bring everything from Conrad’s signature violin to pickled film strips to life. Cinematic genre is widely explored, stemming from Losier’s deep knowledge and love of film history. Made in collaboration with Guy Maddin, Manuelle Labor is a silent cinema–inspired drama that turns the “woman’s picture” on its head. Elsewhere, evocations of classical Hollywood and accomplished in-camera editing illuminate musings by George Kuchar, and Genesis P-Orridge helms a gender-bending, Scopitone-style music film replete with wrestling singlets and tube socks galore. In an early video title, Losier inserts herself as Elliott Gould’s character in Ingmar Bergman’s 1971 film The Touch in a modest but effective upending of onscreen romantic dynamics. Other titles that foreground the filmmaker herself capture the simple performance art of daily life, from lunchtime body imprints on the Xerox machine to a playful moment unfolding a green screen with French film doyenne Jackie Raynal. Program approx. 65 min.
Lunch Break on the Xerox Machine. 2003. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. 16mm transferred to video. 3 min.
Electrocute Your Stars. 2004. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With George Kuchar. 16mm transferred to video. 8 min.
The Touch Retouched. 2002. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Marie Losier. Video. 5 min.
Tony Conrad, DreaMinimalist. 2008. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Tony Conrad, Lara Doyle, Joe Gibbons, Tony Oursler, Sebastien S. Santamaria. Music by Conrad. 16mm transferred to video. 27 min.
Cet air la. 2010. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With April March, Julien Gasc. 16mm transferred to video. 3 min.
Manuelle Labor. 2007. USA. Directed by Marie Losier, in collaboration with Guy Maddin. With Juliana Francis, Marie Losier. 16mm and Super 8mm transferred to video. 10 min.
Papal Broken-Dance. 2009. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Genesis P-Orridge. Music by Psychic TV. 16mm and Super 8mm transferred to video. 6 min.
How to Fold a Green Screen. 2010. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Jackie Raynal, Marie Losier. Video. 3 min.